Photoshop: Layer Style - Cutaway (custom Edge/borders)

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Idea: Layer Style that can Cut Away a Border

Everyone is familiar with the layer style 'Stroke' or 'Drop Shadow'. But, it isn't a far leap from either one of those styles to make a 'Cutaway' option.

The Cutaway Layer Style would essentially cutaway at the object's border. Kind of like a stroke, but instead of a color around the border it is erasing the border. You could give it a soft edge. And you could also choose a brush from the brush palette as your border. This would give a rough edge, stylistic edge, etc. The Mask Dialogue box is similar, but I think this would be more efficient - considering that the actual stroke and drop shadow controls are more responsive and quick than the mask dialogue box. Plus they have slightly different goals - the mask dialogue box's goal is to make something look like it's cutout realistically, the Cutaway Layer Style would be to add soft edges, stylish edges quickly. And also, the Cutaway Layer Style would be non-destructive - so you could add effects, and take them away quickly, at any stage of design. Plus you could save it in your layer styles palette along with your other fav styles.
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You can already kind of do what you want by combining a stroke (inner) and inner and out glows of the same. Though that would give you edges that are non-uniform based on your brush stroke suggestion. Can you post a mock-up of the type of effects you're going for?
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Ya, I think it would be nice have faded edges from the layer style because it would be so fast, and save-able in the styles palette, plus it would be a bonus to be able to add custom edges, like torn paper, etc. If you could add some overlay capabilities so that you could add images to the border as well. Well, check out this image...

That would be very cool - the first image is a shape with a cutaway style and an inner shadow to make burnt edges from a layer style, so cool! The second is the cutaway style with the image overlay added in. The third is kind of the same thing. The fourth and fifth show a before and after of an image with and without the cutaway style - and it's got transparent edges not an inner glow, so different images can be behind it, etc. If the first images are too hard to code, I still thing the soft edges in layer styles would be so worth it from a designers standpoint, because of the ease. But, I'm sure you coders enjoy a challenge, and I think that all of this functionality would be amazing!
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Gotcha. The visuals help. Thx.
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The examples above, as you probably already know, are representative of what can already be achieved by creating a Clipping Mask, so I don't quite see the necessity for a redundancy in Layer Styles.